Serie A action round up – Week 2

The Derby della Madonnina was the first of two titanic encounters in the second week of Serie A action – Milan faced bitter city rivals Inter at the San Siro. Jose Mourinho’s men had a point to prove after a slow start, managing only a draw against Bari – Milan on the other hand would establish a considerable gap on their cousins should they mange a second win after earning all three points in Siena. The game started brightly with Milan creating a few chances, however, it was the Nerazzurri who took the lead through Thiago Motta and then they never looked back. Diego Milito and Douglas Maicon both got themselves on the score sheet before half time, aided by the sending off of Gennaro Gattuso with 40 minutes gone. The second half was no better for Leonardo’s team who was delivered the final blow when a thunderous strike by Dejan Stankovic sealed the deal. The 4-0 score line – or in fact 0-4, as Milan were officially the home team – signals Inter’s intent to chase a fourth consecutive Scudetto, more blatantly it questions Milan’s ability to still be competing for the top prize.

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The second big clash of the weekend saw Roma host title contenders Juventus. It was a great day for the Bianconeri’s new signings with midfielders Diego and Felipe Melo putting the Giallorossi to the sword. The former Werder Bremen star scored two fine goals before Felipe Melo finished the Romans off in stoppage time, nullifying Daniele De Rossi’s effort to keep Roma in the game. This was certainly a warning to the rest of Serie A – Ciro Ferrara’s side mean business.

In Bari Vitali Kutuzov had a chance of becoming a hero for the second week running. His fine goal at Inter last week could have been followed up with a six yard tap in against Bologna, however, technique abandoned him and he smashed the ball over the bar and Bari settled for a point in a stale-mate with the Rossoblu. Siena faced a tough trip away to Cagliari where the crowd at the Sant’Elia saw chances at both ends, but at half time it was still goalless. Emanuele Calaio managed to score two headers for the visitors after the break before Cagliari pulled one back from the spot, all hope of a revival was crushed however as in the final minutes Reginaldo finished the game off with a well placed header. Despite going 1-0 down in the Stadio Bentegodi, Lazio continued where they left off last week by forging a win based on the talent of Julio Cruz, his penalty for the equaliser stabilised Lazio before scoring the winner with a tap in, Emilson Sanchez Cribari was sent off which resulted in Lazio being under intense pressure, but they held on to beat Chievo 2-1. In Florence Stevan Jovetic put the home team ahead of Palermo, but it was Sebastian Frey who was the hero of the hour with his fine stops earning the Viola three valuable points. The Stadio San Paolo saw two goals from Fabio Quagliarella and one from Marek Hamsik sink Livorno, whose consolation came from their perennial Cristiano Lucarelli. The game gave Roberto Donadoni his first victory of the season, and the performance will have relieved some pressure. Last week Parma’s fine point against Udinese was matched this week with a splendid 2-1 win over Catania. Alberto Paloschi was again the star of the show winning the game with some instinctive finishing. Udinese meanwhile were at the Stadio Ferraris against Sampdoria and did not have the same fortune. It was the deadly combination of Giampaolo Pazzini and Antonio Cassano who finished the Bianconeri off. Cassano who also missed a penalty had a man of the match performance.

This week the Serie A provided us with 28 goals, and again just the one goalless draw. In the table Sampdoria lead the way with full points and the most goals, Inter’s return to form propels them into 5th and at the bottom Luciano Spalletti must endure another poor start to the season as his Roma remains without a point.


Serie A results – Week 2

Saturday August 29, 2009

Milan 0-4 Inter

Bari 0-0 Bologna

Sunday August 30, 2009

Atalanta 0-1 Genoa

Cagliari 1-3 Siena

Chievo 1-2 Lazio

Fiorentina 1-0 Palermo

Napoli 3-1 Livorno

Parma 2-1 Catania

Roma 1-3 Juventus

Sampdoria 3-1 Udinese

Serie A action round-up


Week 1 – Slow start for Nerazzurri – August 22 & 23


Week 2 – Rome collapses to Juve – August 29 & 30

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